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HIQ Ltd New Zealand & Canterbury District Health Board
(Thursday, 2.30, Innovation in Practice 1)
In the days and weeks after the Canterbury earthquake, emergency response teams needed to be able to identify and support people who were at risk of adverse outcomes from a health perspective.
These people were not acutely injured during the earthquake itself. They were a potentially sizeable population of frail elderly living in the community in their own homes. They often have multiple co-morbidities and due to their low resilience could have ‘tipped over’ into needing acute care services very rapidly.
The implementation of interRAI, a national assessment tool being used by all District Health Boards allowed Canterbury DHB to receive prioritised lists from the national interRAI data warehouse, of ‘at risk’ elderly to assist the response teams to target their services.
In addition, subsequent to the earthquake a number of elderly people were moved from their homes and residential care facilities to other parts of the country. The national interRAI system was able to seamlessly move assessment and care plan records to the receiving District Health Board so that the receiving services could continue care appropriately.